Time to think…about pain

“Whenever you suffer pain, keep in mind that it’s nothing to be ashamed of and that it can’t degrade your guiding intelligence, nor keep it from acting rationally and for the common good. And in most cases you should be helped by the saying of Epicurus, that pain is never unbearable or unending, so you can remember these limits and not add to them in your imagination. Remember too that many common annoyances are pain in disguise, such as sleepiness, fever and loss of appetite. When they start to get you down, tell yourself you are giving in to pain.” Marcus Aurelius, Meditations.

Are you able to see beyond the current discomfort and to remember what is important to you? Treat the symptoms for the here-and-now and have faith that this too shall pass. Avoid becoming consumed by the pain (or the negative distraction or perceived threat).

What changes in your lifestyle can you make that will help? Eat regularly and healthily, drink plenty of water, get away from your desk, your work, your home for a short break (a  20-minute walk) and be in nature for a while. Above all, make sure you get 7-9 hours of quality. ‘hygienic’ sleep – meaning no digital devices in the room to disturb, distract or tempt you.